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American Philosophical Association Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize

Recognizing the scholarly work of adjunct professors of philosophy

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Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

We're pleased to congratulate David Frank (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Karen Zwier (Iowa State University), whose articles have received the 2018 APA Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize! You can access their winning papers via the links below - plus, hear the authors in their own words.

Q&A with David Frank

How does your research impact the field of philosophy?

DF: The research in my article brings together an important argument for precautionary climate policy in climate economics and environmental ethics and the literature on science and values in the philosophy of science. This is the argument that aggressive climate policy is justified to avoid the "worst case scenarios" of climate change. The paper further constructs an argument that the approach to thinking about the possibility of climate catastrophe advocated by, e.g. William Nordhaus, who just won the Nobel prize for his work in climate economics, actually is unethical insofar as it does not take seriously enough the risks to society if these models are too optimistic.

How has this recognition from the APA affected your current research and goals?

DF: The recognition from the APA is immensely gratifying and has given me encouragement and financial support to continue my interdisciplinary philosophical research.

 

Pictured below: David Frank (left) and Karen Zwier

David Frank (left) and Karen Zwier

Q&A with Karen Zwier

How does the research in your article impact the field of philosophy?

KZ: My article attempts to bridge an inconsistency between the literature on philosophy of causation and a view widely held in philosophy of physics.  Those philosophers and causal modelers who favor the interventionist account emphasize its applicability to the statistical and experimental methods of the social sciences.  But they say almost nothing about its applicability to physics.  And there are those who hold that it has no applicability in physics.  A physically respectable view of causation—so the thought goes—must have something to do with continuous processes, energy transfer, and the dynamics that connect time slices of a light cone.  The purpose of my article is to provide a bridge case in thermodynamics, where we can clearly see interventionist features in the theoretical structure.  My broader view, which I only hint at toward the end of the article, is that the dynamical view of causation is just a special case of the broader interventionist view, and that the interventionist view is applicable in all areas of physics, not just thermodynamics.

How has this recognition from the APA affected your current research and goals?

KZ: I am very gratified to know that there is a form of recognition out there for the scholarly work being done by adjunct professors.  Receiving this award is a great honor, specifically because of how hard I have worked to maintain my career under less-than-desirable professional circumstances.  Many of those who find themselves in adjunct positions are there for personal reasons.  For me, it was a parenting decision; for a number of years, it made sense in my family situation for me to play the role of primary caretaker for my young children.  It required significant effort for me to remain current over those years, to continue to write and present papers, and otherwise maintain my career without institutional support.  I have now gone back to full-time, and I am on the market for a tenure-track job.  My hope is that the quality of my scholarship will be evaluated on its own terms, independent of my “alternative" career track up until this point.

Read the articles

Click on the links below to navigate to the prize-winning articles of 2018.
Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitlePublisher
Ethics of the scientist qua policy advisor: inductive risk, uncertainty, and catastrophe in climate economicsDavid M. FrankSyntheseSpringer Nature
Interventionist Causation in ThermodynamicsKaren R. ZwierPhilosophy of ScienceThe University of Chicago Press

Want to read more? Get the whole story of this year's award on the APA blog.

Interested in nominating an article for the 2019 prize? The deadline is April 30. Find out more about award criteria, eligibility, and how to submit a nomination.

 

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Nominate an adjunct professor for the 2019 prize

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019

This prize, funded by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, was established in 2013 to recognize the scholarly work of adjunct professors. The prize is awarded for the two best published articles in philosophy written by adjunct professors. The winning entries are selected by a committee appointed by the American Philosophical Association.

Eligibility: Only peer-reviewed journal articles are eligible for this prize. APA members who have no permanent academic affiliation are eligible to be nominated in this competition. Eligibility is restricted to those who hold limited-term research or teaching positions at an institution of higher education at the time of nomination. The author must hold a PhD in philosophy or its equivalent at the time of nomination, and must be a current member of the APA. Post-docs are eligible; current graduate students and professors emeriti are not eligible. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible.

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